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CORN FED: DODGE HELLCAT ENGINES REPORTEDLY GETTING E85 TUNE

The Tune Could Be More Powerful Than The 840 HP Demon

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
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The sun is indeed setting on the high-octane muscle car era, mostly due to ongoing political pressure and economic factors like skyrocketing fuel prices. Regardless, the bachelor party isn’t quite over yet. And Dodge continues to keep the party going for as long as it possibly can. And most recently, there’s a new report that eludes to further power upgrades for the Dodge Hellcat engines.

According to the deep sources over at Mopar Insiders, Dodge isn’t done with the Hellcat just yet, and has something special in the works that will debut during the brand’s Never Lift campaign. Considering the surge of news on the way for Speed Week – the period of time between Roadkill Nights on August 13 and the annual Woodward Dream Cruise happening the following weekend – we could see something confirmed as soon as then.

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Per the report, the E85 Dodge Hellcat muscle cars are expected to be of limited production, but could kick out more horsepower than even that of the 840 horsepower SRT Demon. Consider that the Direct Connection Stage 3 Kit for the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat Redeye muscle cars can kick out 885 horsepower when on 100+ octane fuel. E85 fuel is also cheaper to run on than gasoline, which is something that is sure to be attractive to customers. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

After a restful Sunday following Saturday’s Roadkill Nights, Dodge could pop the tarp on this E85 Hellcat tune come Monday, August 15. And while we’re hopeful this E85 news is legit, the news could also simply be another collectable appearance package, or some kind of send-off edition for both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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